257 healthcare workers have COVID-19 says Kagwe

Written By: Claire Wanja

CS Kagwe said the County Government of Makueni has achieved the 300 bed isolation capacity in line with the directive by the President.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe says currently there are 257 healthcare workers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 and that four out of the number are from Makueni County.

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Speaking Wednesday during a tour to assess the level of COVID-19 preparedness in Makueni County Kagwe thanked all the healthcare workers for putting their lives at risk.

“ Looking at the case load in the country, 8, 528 people have contracted the virus. Out of this number, 44 are from Makueni County from a sample size of 299. It is important to note that, among those already exposed to the virus are healthcare workers, who continue to work under difficult conditions and circumstances, as they offer critical service to our people.” He said

“ For all those who have been exposed,  I want to assure them that the Government is committed to ensuring that all our front line soldiers are protected at all times by making available the necessary PPEs and other commodities. I therefore want to take this opportunity to thank all the healthcare workers for putting their lives at risk, as they manage our patients. There can never be a higher level of individual sacrifice than this. As a nation, we are all indebted to you.” He added

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He said the MoH has hired 252 healthcare personnel of all cadres, for Makueni County, to boost human resource capacity, while the process of hiring another 110 is on-going.

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” My ministry shall continue to work very closely with the counties to upscale their level of readiness to deal with this pandemic. I am also delighted that the county government of Makueni has achieved the 300 bed isolation capacity in line with the directive by the president. Alongside this isolation facility capacity are two ICU and 20 HDU beds, plus two quarantine facilities as part of the county preparedness. I want to congratulate you for this achievement.” Said the CS

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The CS said he was impressed by the level of preparedness by most areas visited and Makueni County, in particular, has been extremely organized, and has demonstrated a high standard of readiness.

“As we work to upgrade our facilities, we must remind ourselves that protection is always better than cure. Let us all embrace the containment measures to be safe.” Urged the CS.

Adding that the need to upgrade the  level of preparedness should not lay focus on physical infrastructure only, but also human resource capacity, as well as the level of compliance with the containment measure by the people.

“The mental readiness of an individual to follow directives is critical.  This is because, as I have always stated, this disease cannot be fought by government alone without the cooperation of the people. Each and everyone one of us has a role to play in ensuring that the containment measures advocated for by the government are observed. This is the only way that we can suppress the spread of the virus.” Noted the CS

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All counties, except 5, have reported cases of COVID-19.

“We are now dealing with a virus that is well established at the community level. It may be realistic to state that, it is just a matter of time before all the 37 counties are affected. With this  knowledge, we must take every action to limit the further spread of the virus in each county, without which, our healthcare facilities risk being overwhelmed.” Urged the CS

On Wednesday, 278 people tested positive from 3,053 samples run over the last 24 hours. This now brings the total number of case load in the country to 8,528, from a total of 196,508 samples tested so far.

Also 89 patients were discharged from various health facilities within the same period, bringing the number of recoveries to 2,593.

Two more succumbed to virus, taking the tally of fatalities in the country to 169.






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